Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 29, 2018)
Word of the Day

domesticate

Definition:(verb) Adapt (a wild plant or unclaimed land) to the environment.
Synonyms:tame, cultivate, naturalize
Usage: New World peoples domesticated a cornucopia of plants.
Article of the Day

The Battle of Megiddo

The Battle of Megiddo was fought around 1468 BCE between Egyptian forces under the command of Pharaoh Thutmose III and a Canaanite coalition that was ultimately defeated. It is the first battle in history known to have been recorded in relatively reliable detail. Because of Megiddo's strategic location at the crossing of military and trade routes, it has since been the scene of many other battles. What concession did Thutmose require from each of the defeated Canaanite kings? More...
This Day in History

Sampoong Department Store Collapse (1995)

During the construction of what was to be an office building in Seoul, South Korea, owner Lee Joon decided to change course and make it a department store. Contractors who would not comply with his design modifications, which included removing some support columns in favor of escalators, were replaced. By April 1995, cracks were visible in the five-story structure. Two months later, in a span of only 20 seconds, the building collapsed with more than 1,500 people inside. How many of them died? More...
Today's Birthday

Giacomo Leopardi (1798)

Leopardi was an Italian poet and scholar who suffered throughout his life from chronic physical ailments and dashed hopes. Despite these challenges, he was devoted to philosophy and the classics from early childhood and became one of the most formidable linguists and writers of his time. His pessimistic poetry is admired for its brilliance, intensity, and musicality. He is considered among the great Italian poets of the 19th century. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Today's Holiday

Sts. Peter and Paul Day (2020)

It is said that St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred on June 29, and for this reason their names have been linked in various observances around the world. In Peru, the Día de San Pedro y San Pablo is celebrated in fishing villages because St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen. Processions of decorated boats carrying an image of the saint are common, and sometimes a special floating altar is set up, with decorations made out of shells and seaweed. More...
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